Well, well, well….maybe he DOES listen to fans after all? Those who make a loud enough fuss, kicking and screaming that the dynamic of Simple Minds was fundamentally broken without a full-time keyboard player in the fold.
Enter Berenice Scott!
And…we are now back to full contingency.
Talking about political activism in the 1980s and the Minds part in it. This…washing away of its relevance now. “It’s all been said.” That may be so, Jim. But…no one’s learning! So we need to keep fighting the good fight! Please! Don’t just wash it away with “it’s all been said”. Well…don’t bloody bother writing anything as poignant and relevant as Walk Between Worlds then, eh? Just…you know…”nae bother”.
Please, Sir! YOU HAVE A VOICE! USE IT! IT’S STILL RELEVANT!
Anyway…that’s my peace. As a fan. Who loves you. And loves you even more when you express some political cut and thrust. I’m not telling you to go all Bono. By any means, just…don’t be afraid to nail your colours to the mast, okay?
So…it was on YouTube this video…and then Reuters took it down and embedded it onto a page on their website. Thanks, Reuters!
A link to view the video is here: https://www.reuters.com/video/2019/11/22/simple-minds-look-back-at-political-acti?videoId=630401340
Well…it started with Sophia Deboick in the New European magazine in April, 2018 greasing the wheels of me FINALLY taking a dive into Roxy Music and then my little talk with Jim about starting to get into them and him just reiterating the importance of Roxy and Bryan Ferry on Simple Minds and him (“No Roxy Music, no Simple Minds” he said to me) that compounded things.
I absolutely fell in love with early Roxy Music, esp. I confess I have still not delved into Bryan’s solo stuff as much…but honestly…what better excuse do I have!?
Despite not having as much of a delve into his solo stuff, Bryan quickly became very high on the agenda of a musical act to see.
When it seemed the money was going to appear last year, I had dallied with the notion of seeing him in Germany or at the Albert Hall…but the money just wasn’t around and I couldn’t. Then also this year, he was was playing a festival that was VERY local (I think near St Albans…? From memory) and he also played at the Summer Nights Festival at Kelvingrove Bandstand last year. The chances all slipped by.
But now, here we are! To Glasgow, my new home, and to Bryan playing the Armadillo on March 3rd, a few days before heading off to Copenhagen to see Simple Minds.
Can life get any sweeter? SOMEBODY PINCH ME!
I’ll be popping my cherry twice! My first (might end up being my only…who knows?) Bryan Ferry gig, and my first Armadillo gig (unless I happen to see someone else there beforehand. Though I doubt it).
ROLL ON MARCH!
And of Bryan’s solo work I know…I love this…a reinterpretation of Robert Palmer’s Johnny And Mary – executed at the highest order.
Full details at Argos on Twitter. Closing time for entries is 17:00, Friday, November 29th. (I might be a little bit pre-occupied right at that point in time!)
Sydney – Melbourne – Bimbadgen
Leaked news from one of the Oz fans of THIS! SM confirmed (it would seem) for A Day On The Green at the Rochford Wines estate in Victoria for November, 2020.
So, it would seem I might be spending my 50th birthday down there? Or at least travelling down there shortly after the big FIVE-O.
Details are there on Ticketmaster’s AU based frontage. I was told by another fan it appears on the Bandsintown site too.
All seems legit…but of course, nothing is official until it is Simple Minds Official!
Stay tuned, folks! There must be more dates/info to come? (I’m going to regret Bordeaux just that bit more now. It would have helped pay for Oz!)